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American Radio Works by Public Radio has reports on topics in the areas of America, Health, History, Justice, World
FABULOUS source for thousands of research topics! academicinfo.net
Trafford's Media Literacy
*link to Charles' Media Literacy page
* Link to PBS Streaming Video - Merchants of Cool and Growing Up Online
AP Multimedia Archive via KCLS
An electronic library containing the Associated Press' current year's photo report and a selection of images from their vast negative and print library dating from the 1840s (containing over 700,000 photos -- state, regional, national and a selection of international -- most of which are contemporary images made since late 1995). There's also a separate database containing graphics, maps, illustrations and logos prepared by Associated Press graphic artists that can be downloaded and opened as PDF files.
Cool Clips - Free Clip Art w/o all the pop-ups!
The Best Multimedia Sites from the Best of History
This site lists the best sites containing multimedia (images, movie clips, etc.).
FreeFoto.com is the largest collection of free photographs for private non-commercial use on the Internet. The site features 50 main sections with over 1600 sub headings.
Movie Worksheets - Print out "follow along" worksheets for many films.
Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms
High quality images of historic map documents that illustrate the geographical dimensions of American history.
Each map is accompanied by lesson plans written for four grade levels and designed to support a variety of social studies, history, and geography curricula.
National Geographic Maps
This authoritative source provides maps organized by type of map or you can search for the specific area of interest. The "Map Machine" will allow you to create your own map, based on the parameters you input.
Perry Castaneda Library Map Collection
An excellent collection of printable maps provided by the University of Texas. Types of maps include political, relief, city, country, historical, etc.
SIRS Database of Maps
Over 500 detailed, printable maps are available as an online reference almanac. The maps include each of the 50 United States, the provinces and territories of Canada, as well as nations and regions of the world including Europe, Persian Gulf, Czech Republic, the Baltics, and Times Zones of the World. It also includes U.S. Historical, World Historical and Outline Maps.
United Nations Cartographic Section
Pull down on your country for a political map or choose from the other options, such as Thematic Maps (such as the Kumanovo-Vranje Corridor, Withdrawal Line of Israeli forces in Lebanon, or the World in 1945, etc.) or Peacekeeping operations and deployment maps. The site includes a link to the U.N. Map Library, which includes a collection of over 80,000 maps. This collection is geographically comprehensive, and includes thematic topics such as climate, communications, economics, energy, geology, politics, population and transportation.
The Stableys - http://www.stableys.com/
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Biography Resource Center Database from KCLS
This database contains Biographical sketches and magazine articles focusing on nearly 275,000 individuals from many of the well-known BIG, FAT biography books. Choose "Biography Resource Center" from the list. You will then need to input your KCLS library card number (from the back of your library card) to access the database.
Literature Resource Center Database
Biographical, bibliographical, and critical content about literary figures. Includes the contents of Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism Select and Dictionary of Literary Biography.
Biography.com by A&E
This companion site to the popular E&E Biography show provides a database of 25,000 people - past and present.
From the BBC, this site provides biographies of the movers and shakers of history.
Famous People Biography Links from KCLS
The librarians at King County have collected links of reputable biographical information. They categories include African-Americans, Authors & Illustrators, Explorers & Discoverers, World Leaders, etc.
More Biography site recommendations from Multnomah County Library
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Social and Political Issues
Gilder Lehrman American History
Features available on the web site include podcasts of historians discussing their work, lesson plans on major topics in American history, a searchable database of more than 60,000 primary source documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, featured documents with printable images and transcripts for classroom use, and online exhibitions.
Teaching American History
Locate historical documents on the following eras in American history: Founding, Expansion, Civil War, Progressive and Post World War II.
Search the digitized collection of historical primary source documents and images from the Library of Congress.Click on the Collection Finder to search the collection by topic, time period, place or digital format. A great place to go to find those multimedia enhancements for your presentations!
Connect to pages of information, timelines, and images about U.S. history. Choose the era from the links on the left.
An interactive, multimedia history of the United States from the Revolution to the present, created by the University of Houston.
Great American Speeches
American Rhetoric has compiled its list of the top 100 American speeches, all of which can be conveniently accessed as mp3 files. Most of the speeches listed here are known for their eloquence, and many for the pivotal role they played in effecting major political and social change. The speeches can be heard largely in full, and, while most are political in content, some gems are not. Take for example William Faulkner's Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Lou Gehrig's Farewell Address, and Elie Wiesel's "The Perils of Indifference."
Information is organized by era, region, and topic. To start, select a decade under the Timeline Search.
We have over 400 poetry books. Go to the 808s, 810.8s and the 811s and LOOK around. :)
Columbia Grangers World of Poetry via KCLS --Use your KCLS library card to access this premium database (search for Grangers and them explore within the database)
Full-text poems, poem citations, poem excerpts, and critical context.
Literature Resource Center -- Use your King County library card to access this premium database . Includes biographical, bibliographical, and critical content about literary figures. Includes the contents of Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism Select and Dictionary of Literary Biography.
Lit Finder via Sno-Isle Public Library -- Use your Sno-Isle library card to access these premium databases.
LitFinder: Full text poems and short stories from antiquity to the present. Includes explanations, biographies, and pictures.
Poetry for Students eBookShelf: Literary and historical background for poems including criticism, historical significance, synopses, themes and short author biography in ebook format.
Poetry and Literature Center from the Library of Congress
Audio recordings of poetry, poetry cybercasts, and "Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools"... a program from Billy Collins are on this Library of Congress-sponsored site.
Representative Poetry Online
This comprehensive site includes a poet and poetry index, a hyperlinked timeline, glossary and criticism. Select "Bibliography" for browsing poets by country.
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Lesson Plans - Teacher Stuff!
Educators' Reference Desk (Formerly ERiC)
Jeopardy site - Recommended by Tom Wojtokowiak!
Marco-Polo: Internet Content for the Classroom
This site maintains a database of lesson plans and teacher resources, as well as links to other education-related sites.
Smithsonian Source: Resources for Teaching American History
Snag already-created rubrics or make your own at this free site. The searchable database contains rubrics for just about any kind of project, including ones focused on not only content, but the process as well.
Education Place - Graphic Organizers
Teach-nology Graphic Organizers
NCREL Graphic Organizers
Create graphic organizers for your students to use. Then they can be transferred to an outline to begin organizing their thoughts for writing or research. Inspiration's integrated diagramming and outlining views work together to help students comprehend concepts and information.
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